You are not alone. 9-8-8 is Canada’s new helpline for anyone who is thinking about suicide or who is worried about someone they know. Reach out for help, whenever you need it.
About the 9-8-8 Suicide Crisis Helpline
As a Telecommunications service provider, at Rogers we want to assist people across Canada to connect to 9-8-8 and get the help they need, when they need it most. On November 30, 2023, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto, Ontario is leading and coordinating the delivery of the new 9-8-8 helpline nationwide.
9-8-8 is for anyone who is thinking about suicide, or who is worried about someone they know. Connect to a responder to get help without judgement. Call or text 9-8-8 toll-free, anytime for support in English or French. For more information, visit https://988.ca.
Here are some FAQs about the 9-8-8 Suicide Crisis Helpline.
What is 9-8-8?
The 9-8-8 Suicide Crisis Helpline is a new three-digit helpline that provides urgent, live support by phone and text to people in every province and territory across the country. 9-8-8 is available in English and French, 24 hours a day, every single day of the year across the country.
9-8-8 is for anyone thinking about suicide, or worried someone they know. Trained 9-8-8 responders will answer calls and texts and listen without judgement while providing support.
Who should call 9-8-8?
9-8-8 is for anyone who is thinking about suicide, or who is worried about someone they know. Suicide prevention is the primary focus of 9-8-8, but no one who calls or texts the helpline will be turned away.
Everyone who contacts 9-8-8 will be assessed for suicide risk, and all 9-8-8 responders are trained to respond to people going through a range of crises.
Who runs 9-8-8?
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto, Ontario is leading and coordinating the delivery of 9-8-8 nationwide. A growing network of more than 40 experienced local, provincial and territorial, and national crisis lines across the country provide culturally appropriate, lifesaving support to people who call or text 9-8-8.
9-8-8 is funded by the Government of Canada, through the Public Health Agency of Canada.
Will 9-8-8 appear on my phone bill?
For your privacy, calls to 9-8-8 won't be shown in the call history on your Rogers bill.
What happens when I call 9-8-8?
When you call 9-8-8, before you are connected to a 9-8-8 responder, you will hear a brief pre-recorded message to let you know you are in the right place.
Most callers at this point will also hear a few short questions, such as whether you’d like to talk to someone English or French, if you are under 18, and if you would like to speak to a responder who has experience in supporting First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people. The message will also let you know how you can find out more about using the service, including about confidentiality.
All callers will be put through to a responder who will listen and provide support.